NOTE: OHSAS 18001 has now been set to upgrade to ISO certification 45001
As the foremost health and safety management systems standard, OHSAS 18001 offers a host of benefits to organisations large and small.
The Benefits of OHSAS 18001 (In a Nutshell)
Mistakenly referred to sometimes as ISO 18001, the standard has been designed to help your business:
1. Stop accidents from happening
2. Make it more productive
3. Protect it from being sued
4. Give it a competitive advantage
5. Show its external customers and employees it cares
Achieving the award takes time and effort – but the rewards your business reaps will repay this investiture ten times over. Let us look at some of these in a little more detail.
Identifying Areas of Risk. When OHSAS 18001 is in place, companies will have means to systematically and methodically identify the main health and safety risks in their business.
Improving Health and Safety. OHSAS 18001 really exists for one main reason – and that is to minimise the chance of accidents occurring, and put measures in place to reduce their severity. OHSAS 18001 Certification ensures companies put checks and processes in place at every point in their business where a risk is identified.
Increased Productivity and Morale. This isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind when you think of health and safety measurements – but it’s a well-documented and welcome secondary impact. When health and safety measures are watertight, employees take less sick days and time off work due to accidents.
And the knock-on effects on employee morale and well-being are significant – there’s something very reassuring about knowing the business you work for is doing all it can to ensure your well-being and safety.
Minimise Unwanted Legal Complications. The UK’s Government health and safety department is one of the most rigorous in the world. As members of UK society we benefit from this, and it just takes a short visit to a country with more lax regulations to make us thankful for our own. However, for businesses, the strict regulations mean there are severe penalties for all sorts of violations. Repeatedly falling short of health and safety standards can lead a business to ruin. Being OHSAS 18001-certified keeps businesses well on top of their national health and safety requirements.
The Image Of The Business. At the very least, the qualification builds a little more credibility in the eyes of all stakeholders. Businesses in certain industries may find that the qualification gives them a significant competitive advantage, potentially enhancing their company image to the point that it opens doors to new business opportunities.